Our response to Covid-19
Like every person and every organisation, we’re changing how we do things in response to the Covid-19 virus.
In response to the government advice at the time, and in particular in advising social distancing and working from home where possible, we temporarily closed the Unlock office on Tuesday 17th March and we have put into action the contingency plans that we had been developing in recent weeks.
We will continue to help, represent and campaign for people with criminal records in the best way that we can.
We’re doing this by:
- Continuing to manage our develop our digital information and resources.
- Continuing to provide direct support. Our helpline is still open, Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, although we have less people available to answer calls than normal. If you struggle to get through you can leave us a message, but we are in a better position to respond to queries by email – you can email the helpline team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Working from home. Some of our staff were already home-based but our office staff (and some of our volunteers) are now working from home too. The team is well connected and are in regular contact with each other.
- Cancelling any face-to-face meetings. We are using tools like Microsoft Teams and Zoom to continue to have meetings with colleagues with other organisations.
- Pausing the delivery of our face-to-face training. We have been in touch with those individuals and organisations that had booked training courses in the coming weeks to rearrange these for July onwards.
- Trying to reduce any post. As our office is closed, we have limited access to any post so we’re encouraging things to be sent by email instead.
Written by Christopher Stacey, Co-director
- Some examples of people we've helped Posted on: Mar 31st, 2020
Looking back over the last couple of months, we’ve written up a few…
- Monthly update - March 2020 Posted on: Mar 30th, 2020
We've just published our update for March…
- Unlock's guest post for the Cabinet Office’s Life Chances blog Posted on: Mar 20th, 2020
Going Forward into Employment is a government wide scheme providing…
- Northern Ireland makes changes to the disclosure of convictions and cautions in response to Supreme Court ruling Posted on: Mar 17th, 2020
Yesterday, the Department of Justice (DoJ) in Northern Ireland…
- Our response to Covid-19 Posted on: Mar 17th, 2020
Like every person and every organisation, we're changing how we do…